Caffenol

Week 1 – The Great Dust Bowl – Ilford Delta 100

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the first official roll from the year of film project!

Ever want to know the fastest way to see how clean your apartment isn't? I would be willing to say it involves developing a roll of film after a day at work, and with no prior preparation. Then throw in a white fluffy cat who has more fur than I know what to do with (just for good measure). 

I am going to need to figure out a cleaner option for future development cycles. Or basically what I mean is that I have a week to figure this all out. I think I'll need to invest in a lot of canned air. Although Photoshop's automatic dust removal tool is pretty good at doing about 80% of the work in exchange for a little sharpness. I'm going to try and retouch some of these for the sake of the project, hell I may even try to re-scan them. But a fair warning these started out very dusty and covered in a bunch of junk.

Also this roll is also kinda a cheat roll. Since my chemicals haven't been delivered yet I needed a quick way to get something together. I also didn't want to have a roll of unprocessed C41 film just lying around for another week, and its far too early to break out the instant film yet. 

"I'm a fluffy cat, my fur gets on everything...especially negatives". I'm leaving this one specifically to shame both the cat and myself. 

(Not my cat)

Just a heads up, the next two images are NSFW.

I kinda liked this one with the dust.

Development Notes:

Caffenol Developer:
250ml Distilled Water
2.5 tsp Instant Coffee
2 tsp Vitamin C
2 tsp Washing Soda

18 Minute Developing Time @ 70 Degrees F

Standard Fixer 3:1 Dilution 

Negatives were a touch underdeveloped. But my scanner was able to get most of them scanned no problems. I would probably increase my developing time to 20 minutes to insure that everything was solid on the negative. 

 

Gallery below. Tumblr Viewers be sure to check out UNEXPhotography.com/52rolls

Not just a one trick pony

Hey UNEX friends and followers,

I'll admit I haven't been doing a lot of shooting these last few weeks. With the holidays approaching I find that a lot of my time has been taken up with getting things ready.

I have also been applying for a new day job, something a little closer to utilizing my skills as a creative/photographer.

I appreciate all of you still taking the time to check up on and like my works. I promise more will be coming very soon.

In the mean time I would like to let you all know that I have become part of a really cool organization. Black Bird Magazine. I was approached via Tumblr to possibly become a part of their team and contribute some photos and written articles. I jumped at the chance and am so glad I did. 

Currently I have three articles submitted and pending publication, once they are published I will for sure link you all to them (and be linking the articles directly to the UNEX network of blogs).

For the curious I have taken my Caffenol project from the extra blog and refined it into a much clearer article. Also I have two articles that were just submitted today on the merits of keeping a notebook, as well as the pros and cons to attending an art school. 

I'm really proud of the work I have been doing (and really happy to be writing ANYTHING for the first time since college), and I hope you all will be too. 

Thanks for hanging in there, and keep an eye on the extra blog for my favorite images of 2013. Just like last year I'll be doing the same once again. 

-B

Have I Mentioned Lately How Much I Love Ilford Delta 100?

If you have been following this blog for the last little bit you will have already seen that I have been playing with caffenol lately. 

Last weekend I was shooting a wedding for some friends and brought along a few rolls of film, mostly as a backup, and not really intending to shoot any of it. 

During everyone getting ready I had a little downtime, so I decided to pop in a roll or two and get to shooting. 

None of these are any of my favorite images from the weekend, but it serves as a reminder how much I LOVE film and how digital (however easier) will never replace analog in my mind. 

UNEX Update 11/09/2012

Hello fans and followers,

I have another busy weekend of work ahead. There may be no rest for the wicked, but my lack of sleep just adds fuel to the UNDEREXPOSED: Alternative Photography fire!

Saturday (11/10): I am teaching a friend what I have learned about Caffenol printing in hopes to spread the love around a little bit. Then in the evening its all about rubbing elbows with some great people (and trying to get new clients for you all to enjoy).

Sunday (11/11): Working again with the stunning Scarlett Quinn. We plan on shooting two unique sets for our Zivity workings. Maybe even a few bonus shoots for all of you who continually support and vote for us.  This support is much appreciated, and it helps provide a little extra income to keep fresh and new content coming.

Also, I have gotten a little bit of feedback from all of you about the three blog format…some people love it, others don’t (mostly because its hosted here on Tumblr). So with that I propose this. Would more of you read the blog if it was attached to its own domain? Would you be more inspired to comment and share things if it was on its own independent source? Let me know. Just trying to look into the future. 

Thanks as always for the support -B

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